Tips for maintaining healthy eyes and vision with diabetes
Aim to keep both your blood sugar levels and your blood pressure under control.
Complete a comprehensive eye exam with dilation by ophthalmologist or optometrist every 1-2 years or as advised by your eye professional. Blood sugar levels may need to be elevated for about 5 years to cause diabetic retinal disease.
Type 1 Diabetes: initial eye exam within 5 years after diagnosis.
Type 2 Diabetes: initial eye exam shortly after diagnosis.